Psychology A Level continues to be one of, if not the most popular option at NTS Sixth Form. The subject provides the opportunity to learn about the complexities of human behaviour, as well as considering the causes of psychosis such as schizophrenia. A great deal of debate is involved, when considering whether our behaviour is based on nature or nurture, and students have the opportunity to evaluate a range of psychological research papers, including some of the most infamous experiments, such as the obedience study completed by Stanley Milgram.

Another area students find interesting, is that of Forensic Psychology, and the process of criminal profiling. This again gives students the opportunity to consider are murderers born or made, and the consequences that has on our criminal justice system.

The department is staffed by 4 highly experienced members of staff, ensuring students will have access to high quality teaching and learning. All students will receive their own textbooks to support their learning, as well as access to a vast range of support materials via our online learning platform. Students are also encouraged to access our growing library of Psychology wider reading books, which includes titles such as ‘Opening Skinner’s Box’ and ‘The Lucifer Effect’. Our students have also had the opportunity to participate in Psychology Masterclasses run by the University of Cumbria, looking at topics such as approaches in psychology, criminal profiling and most recently psychosis and schizophrenia.

A Level Psychology Course Content:

We study AQA A Level Psychology, which is made up of 3 written examinations (worth 33.3% each). All papers of which are 2 hours long and include a mix of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology

  • Social Influences
  • Attachment
  • Memory
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Paper 3 – Issues and Options

  • Issues and Debates
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia